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Game of the Year Awards 2011 | The Plan

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Matt Gardner
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Game of the Year 2011, GOTY 2011

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | The Plan

There are twelve days of Christmas, therefore it's only fitting that we run a twelve day retrospective looking at the best this year has had to offer. For the next twelve days expect at least one award to go out each day as we start the process to determine what the best game of 2011 has been .

We've seen the return of some fantastic franchises this year, delighting newcomers and old-timers alike. We've witnessed the birth of some phenomenal new IPs, some of which will find themselves celebrated shortly today. It's been a year where content has proved king, games increasingly looking to tick boxes that appeal to the widest range of consumers for the longest possible time.

We'll come to the big fat over-the-shoulder editorial that bids farewell to this strange up-and-down year at the end of the month. But, for now, let us revel in the delights of the most exciting industry on the planet. You can check out the timetable below and, as usual, you'll be able to cast your own votes too. Let us know what you've thought of 2011, grab a mince pie, make sure your mulled wine is within arm's reach, and settle in for some debate.

  • December 19th - Best New IP
  • December 20th - Best Multiplayer Game
  • December 21st - Best Driving/Racing Game
  • December 22nd - Best Platform/Puzzle Game
  • December 23rd - Best Strategy Game
  • December 24th - Best Sports Game
  • December 25th - Best Download/Marketplace Game
  • December 26th - Best Indie Game & Best Handheld/Mobile Game
  • December 27th - Best RPG
  • December 28th - Best Shooter
  • December 29th - Best Action Game
  • December 30th - Game of the Year 2011 & Most Anticipated for 2012

It's time for the games of this year to step into the Thunderdome, championing your virtual investments and grinding your opponents' faces into the dust made by their games as you blow them up with your explosive opinions and nuclear rhetoric. With few releases during these cold December days it's time to warm ourselves by the fires of opinionated smack talk.

I'm excited.

Add a comment13 comments
hurrakan  Dec. 19, 2011 at 14:44

I hope you don't award anything to Skyrim or Arkham City or Rage - too many problems for too many people with those games.

I'm not sure that I'm ever going to be able to play Arkham City.

support9  Dec. 19, 2011 at 16:01

Also try and include Dark Souls this time, last year you excluded Demon's Souls despite the fact that both games are absolute genius and often included as GotY winners/contenders with other internet folk (Gamespot etc..)

stevenjameshyde  Dec. 19, 2011 at 16:50

Exclusion of Demon's from last year was at least partly understandable, as many people had already imported it the year before - it didn't really feel like a 'new' 2010 release. I'm sure Dark Souls will be on a few this time around

MattGardner  Dec. 19, 2011 at 17:41

Can potentially maybe suggest that Dark Souls has probably perhaps been shortlisted in at least one category.

Anarchist  Dec. 20, 2011 at 00:20

Dont you dare even suggest dark souls for any awards. It was pathetically bad, and the only reason idiots keep mentioning it is because they think it's hard so it somehow makes them special for playing it.

News for you, it was not hard in the slightest. It's just a case of grinding and memorising move patterns. Throw in some ancient, purposefully awkward and outdated game mechanics, make the control system particularly crap and senseless, and you're nearly there. Mix in some sub par graphics, dodgy multiplayer implementation that leads to your whole enjoyment of the game ruined by hackers and there being nothing you can do about it, rubbish save game system, and you're about done.

I'll invade your world and kill your pets if you list it for anything.

wonkypops  Dec. 20, 2011 at 09:05

@Anarchist:

I'll invade your world and kill your pets if you list it for anything.


Yes, because that's how people really win arguments in the real world. Never played Dark Souls (or Demons Souls), but thanks to your petty trolling I'm voting for it now.

Anarchist  Dec. 20, 2011 at 11:46

@Anarchist:
I'll invade your world and kill your pets if you list it for anything.


Yes, because that's how people really win arguments in the real world. Never played Dark Souls (or Demons Souls), but thanks to your petty trolling I'm voting for it now.


And you're obviously so dumb and removed from the real world to understand that comment was nothing to do with real life, but was a joke at the expense of the crappy game mechanics of dark souls.

It's idiots like you that make a mockery of voting systems like this. They should include an IQ test before allowing people to vote, to weed out worthless opinions of retards like yours.

wonkypops  Dec. 20, 2011 at 12:39

@Anarchist
You've single-handedly persuaded even more people to vote for Dark Souls, who probably wouldn't have bothered before. IQ test? Maybe you should take one yourself...

hurrakan  Dec. 20, 2011 at 13:14

Anarchist is correct.

And Dark Souls DOES suck.

wonkypops  Dec. 20, 2011 at 13:42

I'll take your word for the quality of Dark Souls, Hurrakan, but not for the opinions of Anarchist.

Threats from unprovoked trolls are almost always laughed off as a joke later on, but that form of backtracking is the lowest form of argument on the web. His opinion might have been valid before he resorted to that last line, but after he wrote it off as a joke himself, maybe we should regard all of his opinions as being 'ironic'?

hurrakan  Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:26

I'll take your word for the quality of Dark Souls, Hurrakan, but not for the opinions of Anarchist.

Threats from unprovoked trolls are almost always laughed off as a joke later on, but that form of backtracking is the lowest form of argument on the web. His opinion might have been valid before he resorted to that last line, but after he wrote it off as a joke himself, maybe we should regard all of his opinions as being 'ironic'?


I read the "invade your world" line as a humorous comment that lightened the tone of Anarchist's post.

Why so serious? ;)

Anarchist  Dec. 20, 2011 at 15:08

I'll take your word for the quality of Dark Souls, Hurrakan, but not for the opinions of Anarchist.

Threats from unprovoked trolls are almost always laughed off as a joke later on, but that form of backtracking is the lowest form of argument on the web. His opinion might have been valid before he resorted to that last line, but after he wrote it off as a joke himself, maybe we should regard all of his opinions as being 'ironic'?


Once again, you're a moron. There was no backtracking. Maybe you don't know, but 'invading other people's worlds and killing them' is what happens in dark souls. Random people off the Internet invade other peoples worlds and kill them, hence my joke about invading your world. Get it? If I wasn't intending it as a joke, I'd say "I'll hunt you down in real life and kill your parents."

FYI, that particular mechanic is also very poor and badly broken, as there are hackers who have created infinitely powerful characters, who spend all day griefing regular players. And the only way to stop it is to disconnect your console from the Internet entirely.

As hurrakan says, why so serious? I suggest you disappear now, before continuing to prove that your parents should have been sterilised a long time ago.

DivideByZero  Dec. 20, 2011 at 15:14

http://files6.fliiby.com/images/_thumbs/me_uhm8anca051.jpg
Can you feel the love tonight...

trolololol

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